Hebron woman killed by Israeli forces died due to lack of medical treatment

HEBRON (Ma’an) — The life of a young Palestinian woman who was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Saturday could have been saved if she had had access to medical treatment, a law official said on Sunday.Kilzar al-Uweiwi, 18, was killed by Israeli soldiers in Hebron after stabbing an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian bystander near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.Ashraf Mishal, the head of the public prosecution in Hebron, told Ma’an that an autopsy revealed al-Uweiwi had been shot three times — once in the elbow, once in the chest, and another bullet went through her lung and settled in her neck.Mishal said al-Uweiwi could have survived the shots if she had not been left bleeding to death.

“The forensic physician identified a massive pulmonary hemorrhage as the cause of Kilzar’s death, and it would have been possible to save her life if she had had medical treatment,” he said.The forensic report’s conclusion comes amid criticisms by rights groups that many Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in recent months did not pose sufficient threat for the use of lethal force at the time of their death.Over 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since a wave of unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October.The unrest has been marked by a surge of small-scale attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals — predominantly on Israeli military targets — which have left over 25 Israelis dead, with the majority of suspected Palestinian attackers shot dead on site.The Hebron area in particular grew as the epicenter of upheaval during the months of November and December, and over 40 Palestinians have been killed in the district since recent unrest began, during attacks and clashes.The checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque where Saturday’s stabbing took place is located in Hebron’s Old City, which has been designated as a “closed military zone” by the Israeli army since November.Palestinian residents of the area have had to register under a number system in order to pass through the Old City’s nearly 20 military checkpoints, and locals have reported heavier restrictions imposed by the army that Israeli rights group B’Tselem has referred to as “draconian measures.”UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month said that it was “human nature” for Palestinians to react violently to Israel’s decades-long military occupation, and urged change in Israel’s policies in the occupied area.
(Source / 14.02.2016)

France cancels Israeli drone order

File photo of an Israeli 'Eitan' UAV

File photo of an Israeli ‘Eitan’ UAV

The French government has cancelled its order for unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) from the Israeli weapons manufacturer Elbit, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Sunday.

Quoting Israel’s Channel 10 TV, it said that France had “capitulated” to European boycott pressure, “even for military products.” The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in France apparently collected 8,000 signatures on a petition against the government’s deal with the Israeli company.

Read: Israeli firepower shot down by peace activists

The BDS campaign demanded that France should cancel the purchase of the drones because they were used by the Israeli army “to kill civilians” in the Gaza Strip.

Read: Activists condemn Swiss drone deal with Israel

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U.N. rights expert accuses Israel of excessive force

Israeli border policemen arrest Wadee Jabar a 16-year-old Palestinian during scuffles in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 2, 2010

The U.N. human rights investigator for Gaza and the West Bank called on Israel on Thursday to investigate what he called excessive force used by Israeli security against Palestinians and to prosecute perpetrators.

Makarim Wibisono, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, also told Israeli authorities to charge or release all Palestinian prisoners being held under lengthy administrative detention, including children.

“The upsurge in violence is a grim reminder of the unsustainable human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the volatile environment it engenders,” he said in a final report to the Human Rights Council.

Israel’s foreign ministry dismissed the report as biased.

“The report reflects the one-sidedness of the mandate and its flagrant anti-Israel bias. It is this one-sidedness which has made the rapporteur’s mission impossible to fulfil, hence his resignation,” spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said.

‘Collective punishment’

Wibisono announced his resignation from the independent post last month, effective March 31, accusing Israel of reneging on its pledge to grant him access to Gaza and the West Bank.

Wibisino said on Thursday the upsurge of violence came against a backdrop of “illegal” Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, construction of a wall, and Israel’s blockade of Gaza that amounted to a “stranglehold” and “collective punishment”.

Israel must address these issues to uphold international law and ensure protection for Palestinians, he said.

Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed East Jerusalem, declaring it part of its eternal, indivisible capital, a move never recognized internationally.

About 5,680 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of the end of October 2015, including hundreds of minors, Wibisono said, citing figures from the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

Regarding those under administrative detention, he said: “Hundreds of Palestinians being held, now including children, often under secret evidence, and for up to six-month terms that can be renewed indefinitely, is not consistent with international human rights standards.”

“The government of Israel should promptly charge or release all administrative detainees.”

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Death toll of Syrian civil war now at 470,000

In this Jan. 31, 2014 file photo released by the U.N., residents of a besieged camp queue to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria

n five years of civil war, 400,000 Syrians have been killed and another 70,000 have perished due to a lack of basics such as clean water and healthcare, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

With those injured in the conflict, that amounts to more 11 percent of the population, it said, citing the Syrian Centre for Policy Research.

A U.S.-led coalition is trying to destroy Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)  militants in Syria and wants President Bashar al-Assad to go. But Russia and Iran are propping up Assad and oppose the opponents of Assad who are being supported by the West its Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia.

About 400,000 of the deaths were directly due to violence, while 70,000 died because they didn’t have proper healthcare, medicine, clean water or housing.

It said 1.9 million people had been wounded. Life expectancy has dropped from 70 in 2010 to 55.4 in 2015. Overall economic losses are estimated at $255 billion, the Guardian said.

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Palestine Post brings you live, breaking news and daily briefings on Israeli war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)

1. #Extrajudicial_Execution of Minor


Israeli occupation forces executed a young Palestinian girl on Saturday claiming she was intending to stab an Israeli soldier. The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the Palestinian victim as Kilzar Muhammad Abd al-Halim Azmi al-Eweiei, from Hebron city.


2. Occupation Violence

pppIsraeli forces opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle claiming it was heading fast at them near the Maale Adumim settlement east of Jerusalem on Saturday.

3. Mohamed Al-Qeiq

pppStroke symptoms have appeared on the body of hunger-striking journalist Mohamed al-Qeiq and his health condition has become extremely critical, the Palestinian commission of detainees and ex-detainees quoted doctors in HaEmek hospital as saying.

4. Egypt/Israeli Siege of Gaza

pppThe Egyptian authorities on Saturday morning opened the Rafah border crossing exceptionally for two days for the travel of Palestinians with humanitarian cases.

5. Home Raids 

pppThe Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Saturday carried out widespread raids on homes in different West Bank areas.

6. Journalists Abducted

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested two Palestinian journalists while covering the weekly peaceful march in Kafer Qaddum village east of Qalqilia.

7. EU Demolished Facilities & Homes

pppThe Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished nearly 70 Palestinian facilities within 48 hours in the Jordan Valley. Locals said on Friday that most of the demolished facilities were donated by the EU to Palestinians in the area as part of its humanitarian aid.

8. Live Fire on Demonstrators & Youth in Gaza


At least five Palestinian youths were injured Friday afternoon after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened their machine gun fire at a group of youth East of Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.

PALESTINE POST is brought to you by Middle East Rising in collaboration with Khamakar Press, Days of Palestine and Free Palestine news.

Israeli arms company Elbit Systems to train British RAF aircrew

The Shenstone site along with 3 other Elbit-owned factories were successfully shut on the 6th July 2015, to commemorate the first anniversary of Israel's 2014 bombardment of Gaza

The Shenstone site along with 3 other Elbit-owned factories were successfully shut on the 6th July 2015, to commemorate the first anniversary of Israel’s 2014 bombardment of Gaza

Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems, whose weapons systems are used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), will train British RAF aircrew, it was recently announced.

Affinity Flying Services Ltd, a joint venture in the UK owned 50-50 by Elbit and US-based Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR), “won a contract from the UK Defence Ministry’s military flight training programme worth about 500 million pounds over 18 years.”

The programme, according to Reuters, “is aimed at delivering aircrew training for the 21st century.” Affinity, a subcontractor, “will provide systems and training infrastructure and maintenance and logistics support services.”

Responding to the news, Elbit Systems CEOButzi Machlis said: “We are very proud to take part in such an important project for the UK MOD [Ministry of Defence].” According to Machlis, “the United Kingdom is one of Elbit Systems’ primary markets.”

Industry publication ‘Defense News’ described the deal as “a substantial win for KBR and its Israeli partner”, noting that “Elbit already has a footprint in the UK, most notably as Thales UK’s partner in the supply of the Watchkeeper UAV program to the British Army.”

Elbit Systems is a long-standing target of human rights campaigners. According to activists, the company “has profited greatly from supplying the Israeli military with a variety of equipment used to sustain Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people.”

An article published by Vice in 2014, as Israel was bombarding the Gaza Strip, stated that Elbit had “several weapons systems currently being used by the IDF” in its offensive. Others have described Elbit as a “notorious war profiteer”, with its shares rising 6.6% after ‘Operation Protective Edge’.

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Video: Israeli soldiers push disabled man from wheelchair after shooting

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A video released by a Palestinian immediately after Israeli forces shot and critically injured a 14-year-old girl following an allege attempted stabbing attack on Sunday, show Israeli forces assaulting bystanders.

In the video, an Israeli soldier pushes a disabled man in a wheelchair backwards, flipping over the man and his wheelchair. Two more Palestinians rush to the disabled man’s aide, while Israeli forces charge forward at other bystanders, shooting off a stun grenade.

The video shows Israeli forces attacking and threatening Palestinians who were attempting to get near Yasmin al-Zarou, who was shot near an Israeli checkpoint in Hebron city.


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Watch: Israeli soldier shot little girl, leave her bleeding

The Israeli occupation prevented a Palestinian ambulance from evacuating the girl, leaving her bleeding for a long time

Days of Palestine, West Bank -An Israeli occupation soldier shot on Sunday evening 13-year-old Palestinian girl in West Bank city of Al-Khalil, left her bleeding.

Witnesses told Days of Palestine that the girl has just crossed the Israeli military checkpoint, referred to as 160, when an Israeli soldier shot her with five live bullets.

The girl was critically wounded and left bleeding for a while before she was evacuated by an Israeli ambulance to an unknown place.

Palestinian ministry of health said that the Israeli occupation refused to allow a Palestinian ambulance to evacuate her, leaving her bleeding while in a critical condition.

Family sources named the girl as Yasmin al-Zarou, stating that she is only 13 years old. They refuted the Israeli claim that she attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.

“Her sister was walking with her and she was surprised with her collapsing after hearing the sound of five bullets,” Yasmin’s mother told Days of Palestine.

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon

By Engelbert Luitsz            ©                (www.alexandrina.nl/?p=4335)

A wouldn’t it be nice to get on with me neighbours
But they make it very clear?
They’ve got no room for ravers?
They stop me from groovin’, they bang on me wall?
The Small Faces


De 14-jarige Jasmine Rashad al-Zaru werd door meerdere kogels geraakt. Mensen die toesnelden werden met geweld op een afstand gehouden. De onverschilligheid voor haar lijden blijkt uit diverse video’s die werden gemaakt. Op het moment van schrijven is ze nog in levensgevaar.

Drie Palestijnse kinderen zijn vandaag vermoord en een meisje liet men bijna doodbloeden, nadat mensen die te hulp kwamen met geweld werden verwijderd. Of zij het zal overleven is nog maar de vraag. De gisteren overleden 18-jarige Kilzar al-Eweieihad gered kunnen worden als men hulp toegelaten had. Dat is de trieste maar bekende balans van een dag in Palestina. Een journalist die op sterven ligt na een hongerstakingvan 80 dagen, zonder dat de wereld er aandacht aan besteed. Een minister-president die moord en brand schreeuwt over het labelen van producten uit illegale nederzettingen en er niet voor terugdeinst de EU onder vuur te nemen, maar die doet of de bijna dagelijkse executies van vaak zeer jonge Palestijnen een fantasie is van “Israël-haters”…


Het live mogen meemaken van de ontmenselijking van een volk is in zekere zin een voorrecht. Moet je echt alles geloven wat in de geschiedenisboekjes staat? Die zijn per slot van rekening geschreven door de overwinnaars. Wie het nieuws uit Palestina volgt weet echter: zo gebeurt dat dus. Van plunderingen, landroof, verdrijvingen en vernederingen tot massamoorden en willekeurige executies. Stap voor stap wordt het cynisme de norm. Voor wat er nu gebeurt in de Gazastrook en op de Westelijke Jordaanoever zou men 70 jaar geleden geen ander woord dan nazistisch geweten hebben, maar een zeer efficiënte propagandamachine, gecombineerd met instrumenten om critici het zwijgen op te leggen, heeft het discours omgebogen. Kritiek op de misdaden tegen de menselijkheid wordt voorgesteld als kritiek op het joodse volk. Had Idi Amin een dergelijk apparaat achter zich gehad, dan was kritiek op zijn schrikbewind gelijkgesteld aan racisme.


Vandaag werden twee kinderen van 15 jaar oud doodgeschoten door Israëlische soldaten, Fuad Waked en Nihad Waked. Later werd de 17-jarige Na’im Safi beschoten, waarna men hem liet doodbloeden.

Tegen de 200 Palestijnen zijn al vermoord sinds begin oktober vorig jaar, toen extremistische kolonisten in opstand kwamen tegen de sloop een synagoge op een zelfs voor Israël illegale locatie. De golf van geweld die toen volgde tegen protesterende Palestijnen en uiteindelijk tegen hele woonwijken in met name Oost-Jeruzalem en Hebron, werd door Israël vertaald in een “Palestijnse opstand” om zo verder te kunnen werken aan plannen die al meer dan honderd jaar oud zijn. Als er al sprake is van Palestijns geweld, dan is dat een reactie op het Israëlische. “Geweld kan je niet beantwoorden met rozen“, zegt de Palestijnse vrijheidsstrijdster Leila Khaled terecht (hulde aan het Belgische Knack voor deze essentiële bijdrage die bijna nergens aandacht krijgt). De bezetting is volgens Khaled de ergste vorm van terrorisme en dat sluit naadloos aan bij de gangbare definitie van terrorisme als een aanslag op burgers met een politiek doel.

Je kunt niet te lang stilstaan bij het feit dat het bijna allemaal kinderen zijn die vermoord worden. De ouderen sterven uiteindelijk, maar de jongeren vergeten niet. De zionisten hebben goed begrepen dat je extreem onmenselijk kunt zijn zonder dat dat gevolgen heeft, want de meeste mensen kunnen dat gewoonweg niet geloven. Als je maar wreed genoeg bent. Je creëert een kader van ziekelijke overdrijving van je eigen slachtofferschap en vervolgens kom je overal mee weg. Wat moet men ook anders geloven? Je krijgt als kind in het Westen tijdens je opvoeding tientallen holocaustfilms voor je kiezen die uitsluitend het joodse lijden benadrukken, maar hoeveel films over het lot van het Palestijnse volk bestaan er in ons collectief bewustzijn? Dat die joodse slachtoffers vooral slachtoffers van het zionisme waren wordt daarbij uiteraard niet uit de doeken gedaan.

Wanneer je oppermachtig bent, ben je niet bang voor wraak. Elk Palestijns kind dat in opstand komt omdat een familielid, vader, moeder, broer, zus, vriend of vriendin is vermoord door de zionistische doodseskaders wordt dankbaar opgenomen door de Israëlische propaganda. Elke steen die wordt gegooid rechtvaardigt een collectieve straf, elk onvertogen woord leidt tot verdere demonisering van hen die al meer dan 68 jaar onderdrukt worden. De slachtoffers worden steeds jonger. Niet omdat ze worden opgevoed om zich te verzetten, maar omdat het kind nog niet in staat is de consequenties van z’n daden te overzien. Dat is de meest pure vorm van verzet en daarmee is het vermoorden van die onschuld ook de ergste misdaad die een mens tegen een ander mens kan begaan.

Gaza electricity crisis deteriorates dramatically

Currently, each household in Gaza has electricity only four hours a day

Gaza Electricity Distribution Company (GEDCO) announced on Sunday extra four-hour electricity blackout in all cities of the Gaza Strip.

Sometimes, the Gaza residents had no electricity all day and sometimes for a couple of days. Two times, they had no electricity for about two months

Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip –Gaza Electricity Distribution Company (GEDCO) announced on Sunday extra four-hour electricity blackout in all cities of the Gaza Strip.

Electricity in Gaza has been only eight hours a day since around ten years, when the Israeli occupation imposed a strict siege on the coastal enclave.

Sometimes, the Gaza residents had no electricity all day and sometimes for a couple of days. Two times, they had no electricity for about two months.

During cold waves, the Israeli occupation and Egyptian authorities cut the electricity supplies to let the Gazans have only one or two hours a day. They claim that the supplies are cut due to technical problems.

Currently, the GEDCO distributed the electricity schedule, stating that the longest time each household will have electricity is four hours each day.

(Source / 14.02.2016)